Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Tragedy at first turn in Cup

Tragedy at first turn in Cup

Appleby has not had time to think about becoming the first English trainer of a Melbourne Cup victor, with his focus on the significance of the win for Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin.

The death of the 5-year-old Irish racehorse, ridden by jockey Ryan Moore, cast a shadow over the 157th Melbourne Cup, where English thoroughbred Cross Counter triumphed.

In a field dominated by global runners, Youngstar was the best-placed of the Australian-bred horses, the Chris Waller-trained stayer finishing sixth.

"It's fantastic, it's what we race horses for".

Jamie Stier, Racing Victoria's manager of integrity services, confirmed the news on Tuesday afternoon.

Racing Victoria said these incidents occurred "infrequently" and insisted Victoria has one of the "best safety records in the world in racing".

Social media was flooded with angry messages from people condemning the racing industry in response to what veteran commentator Bruce McAvaney described as a "tragedy".

While the task of getting Cross Counter to one of the world's most gruelling races in peak fitness was performed to perfection, it was the horse who produced the ultimate winning effort.

The British horse The Cliffsofmoher was put down after he fractured his shoulder as it went past the post the first time. "He's really sweating up badly".

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And for everyone doing an office sweep, the last horse in the Cup was Red Cardinal.

But English jockey Ryan Moore had to pull up only 600m into the 3200m journey.

Magic Circle was well fancied for the race and trainer Ian Williams later reported he had broken a blood vessel during the race.

Another Aidan O'Brien horse, Yucatan, had gone off as an early favorite but finished 11th.

Sheikh Mohammed's personal Melbourne Cup drought had stretched three decades back to 1988 when he was first represented in the Cup by Authaal, trained by the late Colin Hayes, which finished 19th.

"We were lucky to get through, said McEvoy, who won the Melbourne Cup for the third time". He was treated by vets for three weeks after the race, but was eventually euthanised.

Appleby said the Melbourne Cup had been on his "bucket list for a long time". It was the sixth horse to die in the race since 2013, the tweet from the anti-animal cruelty organization noted.

It comes four days after he claimed the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf in the United States with Line Of Duty.

O'Brien himself said: "Unfortunately these things can happen to a horse galloping around the field at home". Jockey Joao Moreira was also injured in the fall.

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